Mask-Wearing Adherence Racially Divided as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease in the US

By Lou Portero - Last Updated: May 27, 2022

A recent poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that Black and Hispanic Americans remain far more cautious in their approach to COVID-19 prevention measures than white Americans.

The poll revealed that 69% of Blacks and 49%Hispanic Americans were more likely than White Americans (35%) to say they always or often wear a face mask around others. A similar poll conducted in January maintained the same stance. For example, 76% of Black Americans and 55% of Hispanic Americans said it was essential for getting back to normal that most people regularly wear face masks in public indoor places, compared with 38% of White Americans.

Researchers blame the reflecting diverging preferences on how to deal with the pandemic on the unequal impact of the pandemic on people of color and apathy among some White Americans.

According to Amelia Burke-Garcia, public health program area director at NORC, Black and Hispanic communities have experienced higher rates of illness and death from COVID, making them more likely to feel measures like mask mandates are needed. 

“We’ve seen these trends endure throughout the entire pandemic,” Burke-Garcia said. “What we’re seeing now as mitigation measures are being rolled back is there is still great concern amongst Black Americans and Hispanic Americans around the risk of getting sick.”

Other researchers blame systemic racism and residential segregation for the lower support for mask mandates and other precautions among White Americans. 

 

Source: Yahoo! News

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